Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-2) vs.
Binghamton University Bearcats (2-2)
Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team returns home to face Binghamton, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Both teams are coming off wins last time out. The Bobcats defeated Maine, Nov. 25 in Orono, Maine, while the Bearcats got past Utah Valley, Saturday on Binghamton's home court. Quinnipiac looks to avenge an 88-75 loss to the Bearcats, Nov. 14, 2007, in Vestal, N.Y. However, the Bearcats' top four scorers in last year's game will not suit up for Monday's tilt. Lazar Trifunovic (24 pts, 10 reb) transferred to Radford, while Richard Forbes (20 pts, 3 stl) and Mike Gordon (15 pts, 8 asst, 4 stl) have graduated. Finally, Moussa Camara (14 pts) recently underwent surgery on a broken nose suffered in the preseason, and is expected to miss another two-to-three weeks. The Bobcats own a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Scouting the Binghamton Bearcats
The clear-cut leader of the Bearcats' offense is D.J. Rivera, who's averaged 20.3 points, to go along with 7.3 rebounds per game. The St. Joseph's (Pa.) transfer has done most of his damage from inside the three-point arc, scoring 26 of his 30 field goals from inside the stripe. Malik Alvin, a transfer from Chipola College, played his first game as a Bearcat following a three-game suspension and scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds against Utah Valley. Dwayne Jackson (11.8) and Emanuel Mayben (11.0) have each scored in double figures, while Reggie Fuller is the Bearcats leading rebounder at 7.5 boards per game.
On The Air
Monday's game can be seen live on Bobcat Channel, Quinnipiac's online on-demand video source. To access Bobcat Channel, please visit quinnipiacbobcats.com and click on the appropriate links to the right of the page. The game can also be heard on the Bobcats Radio Network. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca on color.
Last Time Against Binghamton
Binghamton defeated Quinnipiac, 88-75, Nov. 14, 2007 in Vestal, N.Y. Lazar Trifunovic led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Richard Forbes added 20 points for the Bearcats. Mike Gordon contributed 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals, while Moussa Camara had 14 points. None of the aforementioned players will suit up Monday. The Bobcats will also be without their two leading scorers from last year's game, as DeMario Anderson and Casey Cosgrove (16 points each) have both moved on. Louis Brookins added 15 points while Justin Rutty had nine points and seven rebounds.
Last Time Out Against Maine
Justin Rutty erupted for a career-high 30 points as the Bobcats defeated Maine, 73-66, Nov. 25. Rutty connected on 13-of-16 field-goal attempts and was the beneficiary of six of James Johnson's seven assists. The freshman point guard also added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. James Feldeine contributed 14 points.
Three Reasons To Love Thirty
With 30 points against Maine on Nov. 25, Justin Rutty joined former Bobcat Jared Grasso 02 as the only Quinnipiac sophomores to score 30 points in a single game at the Division I level. Rutty accomplished the feat in his 33rd game as at QU, one fewer contest than Grasso's 32-point effort against Dartmouth, Dec. 11, 1999, his 34th at Quinnipiac. Rutty joined Rob Monroe 05 in scoring 30 points at the earliest juncture of the season. Monroe twice scored over 30 points in the fifth game of the season (32 at Cornell, Dec. 1, 2004; 36 at Hawaii-Hilo, Nov. 30, 2003). Rutty's achievement came on the earliest calendar date of any 30-point scorer in Quinnipiac's D-I history.
Floor General Johnson
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. After posting modest statistics while playing a key role in Quinnipiac's 2-0 start, Johnson has scored in double figures in each of his last three games. His three-game averages are 12.7 points, 4.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals, while shooting 41.2 percent (14-34) from the floor, 55.6 percent (5-9) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (5-6) from the free-throw line. He's started his first five collegiate games, becoming just the sixth Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess has resulted in holding opponents to 31.8 rebounds per game (2nd-NEC) and +5.8 rebounding margin.
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's seventh in scoring at 16.2 points per game and ninth in both rebounds (6.8) and three-point field-goal percentage (.400). His 4.8 defensive rebounds per game rank 11th and .468 field-goal percentage are 12th. Feldeine's 1.6 three-pointers per game rank 13th and his 0.6 blocks and 2.0 offensive rebounds are both 15th in the league.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 68.9 percent (31-for-45) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats conclude a two-game homestand with their Northeast Conference opener against Monmouth Saturday. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.